3:00 pm – Crews have made great progress on Thursday restoring power to most properties in Red Deer. However, the local state of emergency continues. Here’s the latest information on the storm clean up from the City of Red Deer.
11:20 am – The Quarter Horse Association of Alberta is presenting it’s Chinook Show at Red Deer’s Westerner Park today through Sunday (June 22-25). Details Here.
11:13 am – In light of last Tuesday night’s storm, the Town of Innisfail will again open the Waste Transfer Station FREE to residents of Innisfail to dispose of tree and shrub debris. Read More.
11:07 am – A preliminary assessment of both the Arena and Curling Rink in Innisfail shows the damage after Tuesday’s windstorm to be mostly to the water proofing membrane, with neither appearing to have suffered significant structural damage. Crews are nonetheless conducting a more thorough examination. Read More.
11:00 am – Officials with the Town of Sylvan Lake say the recent wind storm has created a number of hazards along the Town’s trail system, which has resulted in a few closures, including along CP Trail. Residents are asked to stay clear and adhere to signage, until the hazards are removed.
10:55 am – Due to the recent wind storm, the Sylvan Lake Waste Transfer Station will operate under extended hours of service, 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM, until June 28th. Read More.
10:53 am – It’s Food Truck Thursday in Sylvan Lake from 11:00 am – 8:00 pm today! Details Here.
10:40 am – Learn more about the danger that fentanyl poses to our community. The RCMP will make a presentation about it tonight at 7 pm at the Lacombe Memorial Centre. Details Here.
10:27 am – Lacombe Days Volunteer Orientation Night tonight at 7 pm. Find out more about volunteer opportunities in Lacombe. Read More.
10:09 am – A Draft of the Spruce View Major Area Structure Plan will be presented at the Spruce View Community Hall from 5:00 – 7:30 pm tonight. Read More.
10:04 am – Due to the recent weather, the opening of the new traffic circle in Gasoline Alley has been delayed until later today (June 22). Read More.
9:44 am – Check out live music from Denver Daines on the Ross Street Patio today, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm! Details Here.
9:34 am – The Innisfail Charity Golf Classic is on all day today at the Innisfail Golf and Country Club. It’s a fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House of Central Alberta, located in Red Deer. Details Here.
9:24 am – Take a look at where all the road construction is taking place throughout the City of Red Deer today. Click Here.
9:15 am – The Penhold Fire Cadet Program is holding it’s third annual Graduation Ceremony at the Penhold Crossing High School starting at 12:15 pm today. All previous graduates have become members of the Penhold Volunteer Fire Department. The program is joint partnership between the Penhold Fire Department and the Chinooks Edge School Division and managed by the Penhold Fire Department. It follows a fully certified fire training program, provides high school credits and is sponsored by Atco Gas.
8:57 am – All are welcome to join the St. Martin de Porres school community for their Family Carnival tonight organized by School Council. Activities include bouncy houses, face painting, cake walk, snow cones, cotton candy and many more fun exciting games! It runs from 6 – 8 pm.
8:52 am – St. Patrick’s Community School in Red Deer will celebrate the successes of their middle school students with academic and sports awards today!
8:40 am – Sports Day at École Our Lady of the Rosary School in Sylvan Lake is postponed until 10:30 a.m. We are keeping an eye on the weather and as it improves we will head outside. School officials ask that volunteers scheduled for the morning to please still come to the school as they have tasks for you to do to prep for the activities.
8:26 am – Power outages continue to affect 400 properties in Red Deer and a state of local emergency is still in effect. Read More.
Privacy czar probing complaints about federal public service vaccination requirement
OTTAWA — The federal privacy watchdog is investigating “a number of complaints” about the government’s COVID-19 vaccination requirement for public servants.
Privacy commissioner Daniel Therrien said in a statement Friday his office was looking into the concerns, but provided no details given they are now the subject of “ongoing investigations.”
The Liberal government announced earlier this month that core public servants must be vaccinated against the virus or face suspension without pay as early as Nov. 15.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also announced this week that provinces and the federal government have agreed on a new national vaccine passport for domestic and international travel.
Therrien said his office has had “constructive discussions” with federal officials over the last few months on the standardized proof-of-vaccination for travel initiative.
“That being said, in recent days, our office has received a number of complaints related to the government’s COVID-19 vaccination requirement for federal public servants. We will therefore be investigating the application of privacy principles in this context.”
He added that although the initiatives are distinct, the principles applicable to vaccine passports for travel and to the vaccination requirement for federal public servants are the same.
“It would therefore be inappropriate to offer conclusions until we have completed our investigations,” Therrien said.
“Given the complaints about the public service vaccination requirement are now the subject of ongoing investigations, no further details can be provided.”
Therrien said Friday that vaccine passports might offer significant public health benefits but they remain exceptional measures. “They should only be imposed after careful consideration of privacy and other human rights principles.”
In May, Therrien and his counterparts across the country said respect for laws and principles governing personal information must guide introduction of proof-of-vaccination certificates that could smooth the transition to post-pandemic life.
In the joint statement, federal, provincial and territorial privacy commissioners said that in order to be justified, vaccine passports must be necessary to achieve their intended public health purposes, and their effectiveness in meeting the goals should be evidence-based.
The commissioners also said privacy risks associated with the initiative must be proportionate to the purpose, the personal information collection limited, the data used only for the intended goal, and the program have an expiration date.
“The government has provided us with information relevant to each of these criteria,” Therrien said Friday.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 22, 2021.
Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press
Warrant: Baldwin didn’t know weapon contained live round
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An assistant director unwittingly handed Alec Baldwin a loaded weapon and told him it was safe to use in the moments before the actor fatally shot a cinematographer, court records released Friday show.
“Cold gun,” the assistant director announced, according to a search warrant filed in a Santa Fe court.
Instead, the gun was loaded with live rounds, and when Baldwin pulled the trigger Thursday on the set of a Western, he killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. Director Joel Souza, who was standing behind her, was wounded, the records said.
The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office obtained the warrant Friday so investigators could document the scene at the ranch outside Santa Fe where the shooting took place. They sought to examine Baldwin’s blood-stained costume for the film “Rust,” as well as the weapon that was fired, other prop guns and ammunition, and any footage that might exist.
The gun was one of three that the film’s armorer, Hannah Gutierrez, had set on a cart outside the wooden structure where a scene was being acted, according to the records. Assistant director Dave Halls grabbed the gun from the cart and brought it inside to Baldwin, unaware that it was loaded with live rounds, a detective wrote in the search warrant application.
It was unclear how many rounds were fired. Gutierrez removed a shell casing from the gun after the shooting, and she turned the weapon over to police when they arrived, the court records say.
Halls did not immediately return phone and email messages seeking comment. The Associated Press was unable to contact Gutierrez, and several messages sent to production companies affiliated with the film were not immediately returned Friday.
The film’s script supervisor, Mamie Mitchell, said she was standing next to Hutchins when she was shot.
“I ran out and called 911 and said ‘Bring everybody, send everybody,’” Mitchell told The Associated Press. “This woman is gone at the beginning of her career. She was an extraordinary, rare, very rare woman.”
Mitchell said she and other crew members were attending a private memorial service Friday night in Santa Fe.
Baldwin described the killing as a “tragic accident.”
“There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours. I’m fully cooperating with the police investigation,” Baldwin wrote on Twitter. “My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna.”
No immediate charges were filed, and sheriff’s spokesman Juan Rios said Baldwin was permitted to travel.
“He’s a free man,” Rios said.
Images of the 63-year-old actor — known for his roles in “30 Rock” and “The Hunt for Red October” and his impression of former President Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live” — showed him distraught outside the sheriff’s office on Thursday.
Guns used in making movies are sometimes real weapons that can fire either bullets or blanks, which are gunpowder charges that produce a flash and a bang but no deadly projectile. Even blanks can eject hot gases and paper or plastic wadding from the barrel that can be lethal at close range. That proved to be the case in the death of an actor in 1984.
In another on-set accident in 1993, the actor Brandon Lee was killed after a bullet was left in a prop gun, and similar shootings have occurred involving stage weapons that were loaded with live rounds.
Gun-safety protocol on sets in the United States has improved since then, said Steven Hall, a veteran director of photography in Britain. But he said one of the riskiest positions to be in is behind the camera because that person is in the line of fire in scenes where an actor appears to point a gun at the audience.
Sheriff’s deputies responded about 2 p.m. to the movie set at the Bonanza Creek Ranch after 911 calls described a person being shot there, Rios said. The ranch has been used in dozens of films, including the recent Tom Hanks Western “News of the World.”
Hutchins, 42, worked as director of photography on the 2020 action film “Archenemy” starring Joe Manganiello. She was a 2015 graduate of the American Film Institute and was named a “rising star” by American Cinematographer in 2019.
“I’m so sad about losing Halyna. And so infuriated that this could happen on a set,” said “Archenemy” director Adam Egypt Mortimer on Twitter. “She was a brilliant talent who was absolutely committed to art and to film.”
Manganiello called Hutchins “an incredible talent” and “a great person” on his Instagram account. He said he was lucky to have worked with her.
After the shooting, production was halted on “Rust.” The movie is about a 13-year-old boy who is left to fend for himself and his younger brother following the death of their parents in 1880s Kansas, according to the Internet Movie Database website. The teen goes on the run with his long-estranged grandfather (played by Baldwin) after the boy is sentenced to hang for the accidental killing of a local rancher.
Lee, son of martial arts star Bruce Lee, died in 1993 after being hit by a .44-caliber slug while filming a death scene for the movie “The Crow.” The gun was supposed to have fired a blank, but an autopsy turned up a bullet lodged near his spine.
In 1984, actor Jon-Erik Hexum died after shooting himself in the head with a prop gun blank while pretending to play Russian roulette with a .44 Magnum on the set of the television series “Cover Up.”
Such shootings have also happened during historical reenactments. In 2015, an actor staging a historical gunfight in Tombstone, Arizona, was shot and wounded with a live round during a show that was supposed to use blanks.
In Hill City, South Dakota, a tourist town that recreates an Old West experience, three spectators were wounded in 2011 when a re-enactor fired real bullets instead of blanks.
Associated Press writers Jake Coyle and Jocelyn Noveck in New York; Lizzie Knight in London; Yuras Karmanau in Kyiv, Ukraine; Ryan Pearson in Los Angeles; Walter Berry in Phoenix; and Gene Johnson in Seattle contributed to this report.
Morgan Lee, Susan Montoya Bryan And Cedar Attanasio, The Associated Press
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